Former Liberal MP Amarjeet Sohi elected mayor of Edmonton

FORMER City Councillor and Liberal MP Amarjeet Sohi will be the next mayor of Edmonton.

Sohi had bagged 105,683 votes (45.05% of the total votes cast) while his nearest rival, Mike Nickel, won only 59,309 votes (25.28%).

Sohi was born in 1964 in Punjab and grew up in a Sikh farming family. He was 18 when he moved to Edmonton with his parents. sponsored by his older brother.

According to his website, “settling into a new country, Amarjeet often faced bullying and racism for how he looked and acted. But with that same support from his family, he learned to speak English at local libraries, made friends at community centres, and started to build a life here in Edmonton with his wife Sarbjeet … whom he married in 1993. Together, they raised their daughter Seerat.

“He worked in fast food franchises flipping burgers, cleaning buildings, delivering newspapers, then started working as a taxi driver, and eventually moved on to driving buses for the Edmonton Transit System. While working at ETS, Amarjeet became involved in his local union, advocating on behalf of his fellow members. …

“In 2004, Amarjeet turned his attention to civic politics, when he ran for City Council. He was unsuccessful in his first campaign, but in 2007, he was elected as the councillor for Ward 6. He served on City Council for eight years.

“After being elected, he was instrumental in advocating for investment in the LRT system, and in the approval of the Valley Line to southeast Edmonton, which will open this year. He played a prominent role in downtown revitalization, helping to build recreational facilities, libraries, a senior centre, and a multicultural centre for Edmonton Mill Woods. Amarjeet helped launch REACH Edmonton, focusing on crime prevention and intervention to build strong, safe, and healthy communities.”

Sohi was elected MP for Edmonton Mill Woods in 2015 and was appointed to cabinet as the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. In 2018, he was named the Minister of Natural Resources.

Since 2019 Amarjeet has continued to live in Mill Woods. He’s currently teaching collaborative and inclusive leadership at MacEwan University.